Sometimes, it takes time for things to pass before you can come back around and reconnect. Sometimes it's as if no time has passed at all. Well we get the best of both worlds on this weeks episode of the Q.
Bj "The No Limit Honkey" Lange joins Mark, Gary and Jason as he travels back to the STL where he called home for many years. Mark and BJ were co-hosts on a weekly music video show called "Mega Music" back in 2001. Since those days, they have kept in contact and decided to re-connect for an episode. Which is great since it's the final episode of 2018!
First up, BJ discusses where he has been the past 15 solid years. From moving to LA, to acting, to improv and even into his cancer diagnosis which he has fought TWICE now and succeeded.
But don't think we stepped away from our core for another episode. No way. Donald Trump kept up his ridiculousness all the way through the holidays and up to the last days of the 2018. From asking a 7 yr old girl if Santa is real, all the way to throwing a temper tantrum and refusing to leave the white house for Christmas break when everyone else did. Finally he did something nice that no one on the Q can fault him for....he visited the troops in Iraq for Christmas...but only because he was shamed into it again. 1 Step forward, 2 steps back is his M.O.
From there, the show hits a lot of notes from the year 2018. A list of things you might have forgot happened in 2018 (weak list). As well as discussion on Oscar worthy performances and if Heath Ledger would have won for the Dark Knight had he not passed away.
This leads to the Final HOTSEAT of the Year with BJ and a discussion on what song gets you all emotional. Which one is the one that catches you off guard every time and you start to get the feels deep in your gut.
And Finally the guys discuss BJ's cancer diagnosis and how he fought it and some of the stories and people he works with to this day trying to help and better during their fight against prostate cancer. All this and much more on this episode of The Q!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We are at the final shows of 2018 and upon the first of 2019. This week Mark is joined by Andy Echele and Pro-Wrestling friend Jason Patton to discuss all that is merry and bright.
But....(record scratch)...That's not what happens!
Mark Bland met Jason Patton in the late 1990's and they have maintained a relationship ever since. Jason started training at the legendary South Broadway athletic club in 1999 and that's when him and Mark struck up the friendship....BUT HOLD THE PHONE....Jason explains this on the back of a 6 year stint in PRISON! WHAT???
Mark gets it revealed to him for the first time live on this show that his friend Jason not only robbed a bank and went to prison for 6 years, but he was put into the Federal Penitentiary at Leavenworth...the oldest in the country. And one of the most notorious in the country to this day. When you think of Shawshank, you are thinking of Leavenworth.
Jason proceeds to explain his gang background and what it is like sitting and waiting in a Federal Pen. What to watch out for and who to watch out for. If you were wanting a background in the prison system of the US, this episode of the Q opens up a world little seen by many.
The guys discuss the difference between state and federal level prisons and Jason talks about the most evil human being he's ever encountered in his entire life. A riveting discussion that surely will open your eyes. Jason opens up about his past and all of it in the hopes that someone listening will change their ways and not want to be in the same spot he was in.
All this on the new episode of The Q!
Comedian Brian McDowell comes on the Q to discuss a "verbal tussle" him and host Mark Bland had regarding the position of success and how it should be viewed from his point of view. Brian disagree's with Mark, so Mark invited him on to discuss which comics are truly FAMOUS and which ones are D and C list celebs at best.
Along for this wonderful ride is Jason Kull and Gary Weed who also join in on this foray. Mark and Gary have been going back and forth about Harold Baines making it into the Baseball Hall of Fame and it lines up perfectly because this show is about VALUE and MERIT. Either you have both and are viewed at the proper level...OR you have one or the other and are viewed on a lesser scale. But it seems people within their own professions view success of others at a heightened level and sometimes you gotta step outside of your business to see it the way others do. But is Mark right or is Brian right. Most comics are gonna agree with Brian because of his position as a stand up comic....but it's never those within your industry that give you the value you require. It's the CROWD and FANS. They are what give you merit.
Also on the show the guys discuss Michael Cohen, the lawyer for Donald Trump that admitted guilt and is now going to prison for 3 years. You would think that would be the eye opening everyone needed to figure out Trump is dirty, but NOPE! Some people are still holding tight and coming up with every excuse they can so they don't get egg on their face. Conservatives are dollar sure and too deep now to allow anything to make their choice look bad. But there is more coming down the pipe line and everyone chimes in about what makes Cohen that big of a deal.
Finally Mark, Gary, Jason do the hotseat with Brian. What will he be asked...Also what does he quietly judge people on? It could be anything and it could gain you a fan in Brian or get you thrown away quickly. Find out on this new Q!
Midterms are over. So where do Mark Bland, Jason Kull and Gary Weed sit on the important races and changes happening? Well we will break it down on this episode of the show.
First up, did the BLUE WAVE happen the way it was touted. Not quite. Mark and the guys break down the important races and where the country goes from here. This leads to a unique convo about the next election in 2020. Who will be the front runners on both sides of the business walking into that election. Hear who the team thinks will make the cut and decide if you agree or don't.
Mark also brings up a unique factor that he wants thought about. What if an unknown, but real person, was written in to be the President of the United States. Do we just say "the rules say he wins if he get's the electoral college"...or would they say "we don't know this person, bring it to litigation!" Find out how everyone feels of about that scenario in the US.
Finally a rant about parking and making mistakes leads to a discussion about the Rock Hall of Fame and our picks from a few weeks ago. Whose in the running so far and how close were we on the fan poll...find out on this episode of The Q!
Donald Trump went on a Houston stage at a rally and decided to let the world know that "I'm a Nationalist". Unfortunately for Trump, he meant to say "I'm a Patriot". Now a bunch of supporters are going around trying to make it okay to be white and call yourself a nationalist. Being a white skinned nationalist is not a good thing. The nationlism movement is ripe with men and women that are heavily prejudice and antagonistic in their handling of day to day decisions.
So Mark grabbed Producer Bobby and Jonathan May to sit down and discuss these things. But Producer Bobby doesnt' see the issue with a person running around calling themselves a nationalist. Mark and Jon have a one on one with Bobby trying to decipher between nationalism and patriotism....see where this convo goes.
But also on the the heels of the nationalism situation, we had random pipe bomb's being mailed to Hillary Clinton, Robert Deniro and many others that ave spoken out against Trump. Plus a migrant caravan is slowly approaching the USA on foot and we have to decide what to do when they get here...should we let them in and start the naturalization process, or do we draw a line in the sand? We discuss this at length!
Finally, Dr. Susan Shumsky is a paranormal investigator and self described Ghost Buster. She joins Mark on this 2018 Halloween show to discuss ghosts and spirits. Why do ghost exists and why don't ghost just go to heaven and stick around here on earth. Dr. Susan touches on exorcisms and a few stories of things that she has had happen while out and about helping people with their ghost issues.
All this and much much more on this episode of The Q!
Donald Trump decided to do an interview with 60 minutes and Leslie Stahl. During said interview, Trump explained that it didn't matter if Christine Ford was telling the truth or not, because they got their man in regardless. So he could be a sexual predator on the Supreme Court but he doesn't care if he is. The important thing is that they got it done by ANY MEANS NECESSARY.
So on this episode, Andy Echele returns with his conservative leaning thoughts to join Mark, Gary Weed and Jason Kull for a round table. On this RT we will discuss the Brett Kavanaugh situation and Trumps stance on it. Plus we start off with a little Fantasy Football discussion and Gary sticks it in everyone's face with his record.
Next up, Elizabeth Warren comes out with her heritage and it seems she's only 1/1024th Native American. That seems quite low so Mark takes it to the round table to find out if Trump owes her the $1 million in Charity donations he promised her if she could prove it. It definitely shows there is Native American heritage, but the common belief would be "not enough to justify"...find out what the panel says.
Finally, Missouri is up for potential legalization of medical marijuana. There are three choices on the ballot and the guys break down the three and help you figure out which one you want to vote for. And the Rock n Roll HOF released it's latest list of nominees for entry into the Hall, but whose worthy of the vote? We discuss and set the list for The Q.
Evidently it's "Story Time" in the world of The Q. And let's be honest...October is the perfect time to tell spooky stories about people you need to be scared of. But what if they aren't scary at all. What if the people you are discussing are not the monsters that people make them out to be. Well there are two sides to every story and Jonathan May and Gary Weed join to discuss.
Mark starts off discussing a recent issue he had where people went out of their way to make him look bad by taking things out of context. Mark and the guys discuss the manner at which these things happened and why they fall into the "story" world more than anything legitimate in real life.
Next up Gary discusses a post he recently made to facebook regarding people using EBT cards (welfare money) to buy things required when they also had cash money in their pocket and used it to buy other non essential items. People attacked Gary for being insensitive and to look deeper. Where Gary thinks that his point is well versed and deserves to be taken on it's merits in comparison to the country and others moral/ideological stances. Jonathan and Mark sit back to decipher and get to the bottom of Gary's stance and whether everyone chiding him is right or if in fact Gary makes the "nail in the coffin" argument that should dictate peoples thoughts.
Finally Mark discusses kids in 2018 and how they don't have any patience anymore. How this is indicative of TV/Movie industry today when all they do is make remakes of everything between 1985-2015. Also how this perpetual loop will eventually be lost on life and they might maintain this for decades and decades past our current times.
Gary Weed and Producer Bobby joins Mark Bland on this show regarding sexual assault and how it should be viewed.
Now they will get to that eventually, but first up is a discussion. All three of our hosts are in a Fantasy Football league together where Mark is 1-1, Bobby is 0-2 and Gary is 2-0. First up Mark describes his issue with being in a fantasy league and trying to keep up with NFL Redzone TV while watching the games. Then the guys switch over to discuss players and names that are and are not allowed on the back of a NFL jersey.
Next we switch over to the news of the week and it's not all good for Donald Trump, President of the USA. Poor Donald's week started with Stormy Daniels outting his falice size in the most unattractive way possible. She compared his "member" to that of TOAD from MARIO KART. Well this sent the whole world on fire and the things people said are not pleasant about the President.
Also, Brett Kavanaugh is having a problematic week also. He disavows knowledge of a claim again him from High School. He has been accused of sexual assault by a woman that grew up with him. He claims it never happened, and she claims to want a FBI Investigation or else she won't testify in front of the Senate during these confirmation hearings. But it's not about a 30+ year old story...it's about a potential supreme court justice being a liar or not. He's claiming it never happened. But what if it did? The guys break all of this down.
Finally back into some sports talk revolving about betting coming to sports nationally and if players can be "gotten to" regarding fixing games. Can they....What if the Atlanta Falcons were told to drop the Superbowl on purpose? How would that really go?
Huge show this week. First up is Mark Bland and Gary Weed discussing their life and a question that Gary brings to the table regarding his Facebook and how no one can have an opinion anymore without being mercilessly attacked. And Mark answers the question and even puts a timeline on how it went down in history.
Then the convo moves to the business and "religion" of Scientology. What is Scientology? What should you know about it? And how does Scientology and their "policies" fall in line with the way Donald Trump is handling the people and media of the United States. It seems to Mark that Trump supporters have this vibe of being in a cult. The way Trump handles things reminds Mark of how a cult leader handles their followers...and that's what Trump wants...he wants Followers, not fans.
This leads into our guest Jay Kanzler. Jay is a lawyer in the St. Louis area for the past 30 years and he sits down with Mark to discuss the legalities of things surrounding Trump. What is illegal, whats not illegal and what should be focused on as opposed to worthless to worry about. Jay and Mark break down the Michael Cohen stuff and take some swings at where the country is at and things that could happen. This is one hot interview and worth every minute of listening!
To be President of the USA, it requires a certain amount of decorum. That decorum includes how you handle yourself in the eyes of others and the world. Donald Trump fails at this daily and it took an ugly turn this past week when he decided to threaten to investigate and attack Google.....GOOGLE....because it returned less than favorable reviews of him in it's search.
Gary Weed flies solo this week while discussing with Mark about the Google issue. Mark breaks down the value and how this looks to everyone. What we have here people is a sensitive little man that really wants to control peoples opinions. What he fails to remember is that guys like this have existed throughout history and the USA always looks down on those type of people.
Gary also rounds back and verify's that Mark's laundry issue and decision was not crazy in the least bit. Further villifying Jonathan May and Alex Elias from the week earlier.
Finally...Mark asks "Whats the weirdest home rule someone has for when you visit their house"...Gary hits Mark with an example he never saw coming and it is real weird. Take a listen and find out what the rule is.